Meet the team

We’re a growing community of entrepreneurial journalists, technologists, digital publishers and advisors who share a commitment to ensuring everyone has access to quality, trustworthy journalism. Meet our staff and advisors below. Click here to meet our publishers.

Erin Millar

Co-founder & CEO
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Erin is a journalist and entrepreneur who founded The Discourse, where she’s led an award-winning journalism team and developed a successful business model for in-depth local news. She also contributed to founding the Independent Media Association of Canada and C4C Canada, a charity dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices.

Caitlin Havlak

Co-founder & CTO
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Caitlin is a developer and data analyst who uses her data and technology skills to drive audience revenue and growth potential for news outlets. She helped develop The Discourse’s audience revenue and growth strategy. She also led data journalism at The Discourse and taught data visualization at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism as an adjunct professor.

Joseph Masongsong

Senior Developer
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Joseph is a full stack developer based in Vancouver. He has nearly a decade of experience using a variety of different platforms and frameworks. He’s passionate about helping impact-driven organizations, and has built websites and web apps for non-profits, small- to medium-sized businesses and venture capital.

H.G. Watson

Senior Editor
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H.G. Watson is a journalist based in Toronto. She is the former managing editor of J-Source, the Canadian Journalism Project, and is part of the team that won the 2020 Michener-L. Richard O’Hagan Fellowship for Journalism Education. Her work has appeared in Flare, Vice, TVO, Maisonneuve and more.

Rachel Chen

Audience Strategist
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Rachel Chen is a Toronto-based journalist and creative writer passionate about making the world a better place. She is a Master of Information candidate at the University of Toronto. Most recently, she was an audience development editor for Postmedia and previously wrote for Chatelaine. Her freelance work has appeared in The Unpublished City II, Flare, Vice, Maclean’s and Xtra, among others.

Vicky Mochama

Senior Writer
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Vicky Mochama is a writer and podcaster based in Toronto. She has written for the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, TVO.org, The Walrus, Vice and others. She is the co-author of the Canadaland Guide To Canada. She has hosted the podcasts No Little Plans, Canadaland Commons and Safe Space. She is likely on Twitter right now @vmochama. 

Lauren Kaljur

Digital Producer
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Lauren Kaljur is a journalist based in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh peoples. She is a passionate contributor to collaborative journalism initiatives and honed these skills with The Discourse. There, she also contributed to product development and community engagement.

Meet our advisors

Anika Anand

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Anika Anand is the programming director for the Local Independent Online News Publishers. She is the cofounder of The Evergrey, a daily Seattle newsletter, and was the storytelling and product director of WhereBy.Us, the parent company of The Evergrey. In 2018, she was selected to join the Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media and was named one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle by Seattle Met Magazine. She’s also worked for The Seattle Times Education Lab and for Chalkbeat.

Anita Li

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Anita Li is a digital media consultant and journalism professor at the City University of New York and Centennial College in Toronto. Anita has worked with The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, CBC, ComplexFusion and Mashable, and was most recently director of communities at The Discourse. She is a member of the 2020-21 Online News Association board of directors and an alum of the inaugural 2016 Poynter-NABJ Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media. She’s also co-founder of Canadian Journalists of Colour.

Farhan Mohamed

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A born and raised Vancouverite, Farhan Mohamed has a passion for community building. As Editor-in-Chief and co-owner of Daily Hive from 2012 to 2020, he helped grow it from a passion project to a fully functioning newsroom across seven cities in Canada and the United States. Under his direction, the publication grew from 200,000 monthly unique visitors to over 6.5 million. Farhan has been named multiple times in Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50. Farhan has a BBA from Capilano University and is a longtime volunteer within Canada’s Ismaili Muslim community.

Jacqueline Ronson

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Jacqueline Ronson is founding reporter of The Discourse Cowichan. She started at The Discourse as a part-time freelancer experimenting with local investigative journalism. Now, she’s at the helm of a vibrant and growing digital news outlet that serves the entire Cowichan region and its diverse communities. Jacqueline’s played a key role in pioneering a new model for in-depth local journalism and is excited to share her learnings with other journalist entrepreneurs.

Lindsay Sample

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Lindsay Sample is executive editor of The Discourse. In this role, she’s focused on developing a replicable model for in-depth local journalism. Lindsay convened The Discourse’s first gathering of independent digital media in 2018, and advised on the design of the Independent News Challenge (INC), a project dedicated to making media in Canada more equitable and sustainable. Lindsay is also the founding editor of IndigiNews.com, a new platform dedicated to local Indigenous news, and a proud alumni of Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.

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